Think Space: Unconference – ‛Beyond the Borders’

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is opening the call for the final event of the annual cycle of The Borders competitions. They are inviting you to the First Think Space Unconference – ‛Beyond the Borders’ on November 18 – 20 in Lauba House, People and Art House, Zagreb, Croatia.

Following the four rounds of the conceptual architectural competitions, the final event will be organized together with an award ceremony and exhibition of projects submitted during the architectural competitions in the Think Space Program. Conceived as a series of highly interactive sessions for 300 participants who will lively discuss the topics from the competitions, the final event is planned in the form of the unconference. More information on the event after the break.

Sick Childcare Home Proposal / AVP_arhitekti

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Within the location from which the project for the sick childcare home is designed, considering the delicate topic, the basic concept of AVP_arhitekti‘s design is site. All other concepts (space, building, construction, physical production, form design) are subject to that basic concept and are obliged to support it. Attention is directed to the welfare of children. Spaces, materials, and organizational schemes are designed to support the general atmosphere of tranquility, security, comfort, safe internal communication, linked external and internal spaces and intimate courtyards.

The project thus possesses a modest significance of the preferred construction system, unusual geometry and coerced approach to plot which at the end are those (heavy, external) factors on which the concept is tested and detailed to a mathematical precision. More images and project description after the break.

Strojarska Business Center Proposal / SANGRAD Architects & AVP_Arhitekti

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The project’s site is located within the boundaries of the southern part of which is divided by the national railway. In many ways, this site was thought as part of the new city urban concept. There are two important facts: the position on the margins of the traditional lower City and the structural composition and reference within the future new City. Both in this case determine the composition and character of the project, designed by & AVP_Arhitekti. By raising or lowering the railway, several possibilities are opened in terms of linking the site with the central and northern part of the City. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences + Faculty of Teacher Education / Hildegard Auf–Franić, Tin Sven Franić, Vanja Rister

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Architects: Hildegard Auf–Franić, Tin Sven Franić,
Location: , Croatia
Client: University of Rijeka
Collaborators: Ana Aščić, Marina Bertina,Tamara Brixy, Tajana Jaklenec, Vedrana Jančić, Luka Korlaet, Mia Roth Čerina
Structural Engineer: Eugen Gajšak, G.I.F. d.o.o., Zagreb
Mechanical Engineer: Ivan Cetinić
Electrical Engineer: Elag d.o.o., Zagreb
Contractor: Lavčević–inženjering d.o.o., Split
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 21,000 sqm
Photographs: Robert Leš

Lone Hotel / 3LHD

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© Marko Dabrović

Architects: 3LHD
Location: , Croatia
Client: Maistra d.d.
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 29,476 sqm
Photographs: Marko Dabrović, Cat Vinton, Nikola Radeljkovic

Created by a team of renowned Croatian creatives comprised of a new generation of architects, conceptual artists, product, fashion and graphic designers, Hotel Lone is the first design hotel in Croatia, and is situated in the Monte Mulini forest park. This park is one of Rovinj’s most attractive tourist zones, located in the immediate vicinity of the legendary Eden Hotel and the new Monte Mulini hotel. The surrounding grounds and parkland is a unique and protected region of the Monte
Mulini forest on the Lone Bay.

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Wellness and Spa Lone / Studio 92

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Architects: Studio 92 / Robert Dragogna, Ester Miletic
Location: ,
Design Team: Igor Miletic, Natali Zulijani, Serdo Ruzic, Dean Sosic, Goran Stanisic
Project Year: 2011
Project Area: 1,300 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio 92

A Peripheral Moment

This book is an account of the highly productive decade of architectural experimentation in lodged between the violent break-up of Yugoslavia and their slow integration into the EU. Ivan Rupnik guides the reader through the emergence of this bizarre and fascinating architectural scene on the very edge of united Europe, utilizing Ljubo Karaman’s theory of the periphery as a distinct space of artistic production from that of the center or province, Manfredo Tafuri’s concept of architectural experimentation, as well contemporary notions of agency.

Back in 2009 we went to Croatia to see this architecture scene first hand, and we featured many of the projects presented in this book, that you can check out on our list of Croatian projects before you buy this book. Further info and photos after the break.

Agency for Inland Waterways / Urbane Tehnike

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Architects: Urbane Tehnike
Location: ,
Client: City of Vukovar and Agency for Inland Waterways
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 2020 sqm
Photographs: Alan Vajdić

Sopot Business Centre / Urbane Tehnike

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Sopot Business Centre by Urbane Tehnike won 1st prize in the competition for  the business complex project in the center of , Zagreb, .  The concept is for the design of a simple glass cube, structured within the surface of prisms which is visually manipulated by its context. From the urban planning point of view, the cube is derived from the constant movement along the avenues and the silhouette of the city beyond.

More on this project after the break.

Sopot Business Center / Studio za arhitekturu d.o.o.

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Sopot Business Center by Studio za arhitekturu d.o.o. is the 2nd Prize winner of a competition for  , Croatia.  It features a dynamic assortment of spaces that shift in section creating distinct open spaces that provide connections through the various parts of the complex.

More on this project after the break.

Symposium: Ljubljana Days of Oris

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This year, on Thursday 19 May, Ljubljana becomes the centre of architecture. The international symposium of architects Ljubljana Days of Oris is bringing to Ljubljana, for the fifth time, contact with cities worldwide and the contemporary world architectural scene. The symposium is conceived as a series of lectures by renowned architects. Through lectures and visual presentations they express their visions of architecture, design and culture in order to present their country of origin.

At the same time they present problems faced in the realization of their work, and make a comparison to the current situation in our environment. Because of the audience’s already traditional enthusiasm, this symposium was visited last year by more than 600 people. This year, Ljubljana Days of Oris will present the following globally renowned names from the world of architecture: Miha Kajzelj (), Lada Hršak (/Netherlands), Heinz Tesar (Austria) and Mansilla+Tuñón (Spain). The organizers of the event are ORIS House of Architecture and Association Trajekt. For more information click here.

Green Pavilion Restaurant / 3LHD

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Croatian architects 3LHD shared with us their project Green Pavilion Restaurant, for which they received first prize in an invited competition during last year. More images and architect’s description after the break.

Downtown Apartment In Zagreb / Dva Arhitekta d.o.o.

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Architects: Dva Arhitekta d.o.o. – Tomislav Ćurković, Zoran Zidarić
Location: Zagreb,
Collaborator: Barbara Vuković
Project year: 2010
Photographs: Robert Leš

Square in Space / Ivan Filipivoc

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Ivan Filipivoc has shared with us this preliminary project for a crafts center in , . Deriving its inspiration from one of the oldest crafts – blacksmithing, the architecture bears a strong symbolism to this act of making.

More on the project after the break.

Varaždin Residence / Dva Arhitekta

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Architects: Dva Arhitekta d.o.o. -  Tomislav Ćurković, Zoran Zidarić
Location: ,
Collaborator: Barbara Vuković
Project area: 450 sqm
Project year: 2004 – 2009
Photographs: Robert Leš

Istria Residence / Dva Arhitekta

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Architects: Dva Arhitekta
Location: ,
Project Team: Tomislav Ćurković, Zoran Zidarić
Collaborator: Barbara Vuković
Site Area: 1,755 sqm
Project Area: 545 sqm
Project Year: 2004-2009
Photographs: Robert Leš

10-Day Architectural Workshop in Dubrovnik, AA Visiting School Mittelmeerland

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The Architectural Association (AA) visiting school Mittelmeerland, a program of AA’s School of Architecture, is seeking architecture students and young professionals to participate in the 10-day architectural research workshop in , from January 31st – February 10th. Mittelmeerland will investigate the future of the Mediterranean as a territory and sustainable waterfronts.

The deadline for application is January 10th 2011.

More information after the break.

Video: Zamet Centre / 3LHD

recently shared with us this video of Zamet Centre. The film combines photographs by Domagoj Blazevic, Damir Fabijanic, archive, aerial footage from Hrg, and videographers Mladen Kostanjsek and Marko Stanic. Directed by Vladislav Knezevic, the video editor was Mario Kalogjera and the sound design was done by Vjeran Salamon.

For a full article on Zamet Centre, images and drawings check out our feature here.